Georgia, US-based Effingham Health System has opened Effingham Pediatrics, a new paediatric centre specialising in primary care for children, reported Savannahnow.

The facility, located in Springfield, Georgia, was inaugurated by Effingham Health System president Dr Fran Witt, along with staff members and Georgia House Speaker Jon Burns.

Featuring seven rooms, the centre will have the capacity to attend to 56 children daily.

Burns said: “This is going to pay dividends. We are proud of the hospital and the health care that is provided not only for Effingham but Southeast Georgia.”

The expansion was prompted by a significant increase in patient volume over the past five years, with a 425% rise since 2018.

The previous practice had reached its capacity, necessitating the development of a new facility.

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Dr Witt said: “We reached capacity in the practice that we were currently in. We started with maybe two to three exam rooms. It was a startup initiative.

“I think the excitement around all of this is the fact that we decided to do something in the community that was truly needed. We have gone from an annual of 8,082 visits to now 14,114.”

Due to the influx of newcomers in the county because of various factors such as the presence of a Hyundai facility nearby, the opening of the new centre comes at the right time, according to hospital authorities.

They plan to further expand services, including those related to wellness and prevention in response to the needs of local residents.

The paediatric centre was funded solely by Effingham Hospital, with the Effingham Foundation System committing to support its future growth through a three-year campaign.